31 Oct 2004 @ 10:17 AM 

What exactly is so confusing about the following question?

Question: I’ve inherited the sanangelorelayforlife.org site, and I am going to move it to a different host that has a relationship with our local community. I notice the domain is seemingly registered to the Freeservers parent company. How can I transfer the domain to a different admin/tech contact?

Apparently, to the Freeservers administrators, it means, “what are my name servers” and “please ignore me” among other things. It has taken 10 days of incessant emails to the Freeservers people to get a reply that even seems to be in relation to my original query. Getting them to actually comply, well…we’ll see what happens tomorrow, I guess.

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Last Edit: 02 Nov 2004 @ 08:45 PM

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 30 Oct 2004 @ 6:06 PM 

Halloween
Check out our Halloween photos. They are coolio. Yo.

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Last Edit: 16 Sep 2007 @ 10:04 PM

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 30 Oct 2004 @ 6:04 PM 

pecans

We have a crazy amount of pecans falling from the 2.5 trees that drop into our yard. Lots of pecans.

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Last Edit: 16 Sep 2007 @ 10:01 PM

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 29 Oct 2004 @ 10:13 PM 

I added a style switcher and a bunch of styles to the blog. Now you can all see things in different ways, depending on your whim.

Is it not nifty?

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Last Edit: 29 Oct 2004 @ 10:13 PM

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 29 Oct 2004 @ 6:08 PM 

OK, if you don’t think it’s disturbing that Bin Laden is thanking the President for screwing up and helping out the cause of international terrorism, maybe you’ve been listening to too much Rush Limbaugh.

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Last Edit: 12 Oct 2007 @ 07:31 AM

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 28 Oct 2004 @ 8:19 PM 

I’m worth $2,655,050.31! How much are you worth?

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Last Edit: 28 Oct 2004 @ 08:19 PM

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 28 Oct 2004 @ 8:09 AM 

Realizing that the military (and veterans groups) leans about 70% Republican, you’d think I’d get used to the insane drivel that spews from them on a daily basis.

The offtopic chat room, after ten minutes of lurking, has already managed to annoy the piss out of me this morning. I don’t even know what the context is, but at least three (of eight) members of the room have comisserated about how horrible the New York Times is, that liberal media mouthpiece. I guess they forgot how the Times was used as the unofficial news outlet for every lie told by Ahmed Chalabi about the inevitability of finding WMDs in Iraq, or the various other ways that paper held up the Bush Doctrine of preemptive warfare as a good thing. These are the same people who use Rush Limbaugh the druguser and G. Gordon Liddy the convicted felon as news sources. How can any reasonably intelligent person (all M.I. guys here) actually believe that there is a liberal media, when Fox News is the highest-rated news channel and Air America is struggling to survive amid the Rush and Liddy radio waves?

I don’t like people who mindlessly parrot viewpoints formulated by wiser heads. I don’t like people who can hold such wildly contradictory beliefs to be self-evident as, “Bush is good for the country and he lowered my taxes.” Does anyone think that we can keep going with trillions of dollars in debt, while continuing to dig deeper? Hell, Cuba has told its citizens to stop using dollars. When our money isn’t even any good in that broke-ass country, what does that tell you about our economy?

Karl Rove and friends have done a fantastic job of snookering the American people. Many undecided voters (how can it be a week from Election Day and you be undecided?) are going to vote based on whether they think Dubya or Flippy is the more honest or agrees with their views on gay rights. Who gives a shit what your neighbor does in his bedroom? All I care about is what the impact on my bottom line is from the government. If I notice the inconveniences imposed by a shrinking set of civil liberties, that is a big deal to me. If I notice that my income is shrinking because of the government’s actions, that is a big deal to me. Social issues like abortion and gay rights are not the job of the government anyway, so how the candidate feels about each issue is completely irrelevent. Or it would be irrelevent in a sane world. We live in Bizarroworld.

Mtzlplk lives.

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Last Edit: 01 Jan 2005 @ 04:25 PM

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 27 Oct 2004 @ 6:56 AM 

Bush campaign creating lists of black voters in Florida, to challenge them en masse on election day. This type of intimidation is probably not legal, say experts. This seems unlikely to stop it from happening, of course.

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Last Edit: 27 Oct 2004 @ 10:16 PM

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 21 Oct 2004 @ 10:15 PM 

In case I don’t mention it enough, my webhost (Greg) is the coolest guy on the planet.

I recently got saddled with took over the local Cancer Society website for the Relay for Life in the spring. The previous person used Frontpage to create the site on Freeservers. This combination makes my head hurt. Frontpage is evil, makes bad code, and is a bitch and a half to maintain. Freeservers are overpriced (funny for a company with “free” in the name), underpowered, and annoying.

So, I ask my webhost if I can use some of my excess capacity to host this small (30 megs) site, under my own account that I’ve been paying $75 per year for. His response? Well, normally that would be no problem, but I’d like to give you a separate account for the .org site free of charge, for as long as the Cancer Society needs it.

That just totally fucking rocks.

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Last Edit: 21 Oct 2004 @ 10:15 PM

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Idjits

 
 20 Oct 2004 @ 10:34 AM 

While chatting in the “off topic” room at work today, one of the morons participants mentioned how laws are made, not by the President, but by Congress and activist judges. I objected to the adjective before “judges” since they are judges, whether appointed or elected, and the term has become one of derision used by the neocon nutjobs.

When pressed, he averred that judges were making law, in contradiction to the wishes of the electorate and the legislature.

Landmark Supreme Court Cases is a good reference.

I mentioned that Brown v. Board of Education was just such an event, and does this mean that we should have kept segregation in schools because the electorate and the legislature wanted it?

Response: If I say yes I’m a racist biggot (sic), if no then I’m inconsistant (sic).

Yep. Don’t want to be a flipflopper, do you? Or a good speller. 🙂

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Last Edit: 20 Oct 2004 @ 10:36 AM

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 18 Oct 2004 @ 8:50 AM 

Isn’t this shocking?

bq. At least seven former prisoners of the United States at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have returned to terrorism, despite gaining their freedom by signing pledges to renounce violence.

Gee, they promised they were going to stop shooting at people, and then they went and shot at people? If you can’t take the word of a fundamentalist extremist, whose word can you believe?

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Last Edit: 12 Oct 2007 @ 07:31 AM

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 17 Oct 2004 @ 12:57 PM 

I’ve added another photo to the photo gallery, a satellite shot of my old high school. I’m having way too much fun with World Wind.


Mayfair

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Last Edit: 16 Sep 2007 @ 09:59 PM

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 17 Oct 2004 @ 12:57 PM 

New photos in the gallery, of Alex’s birthday party. He had lots of fun and there was much chaos.

cake

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Last Edit: 16 Sep 2007 @ 10:26 PM

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 16 Oct 2004 @ 9:53 PM 

I fully intend to go to In n Out at least once on the Great Californian Trip next summer. Looking at their nutritional information, it might be only once. They’re not as bad as Burger King with their 1200 calorie Double Whopper, but one meal is a day’s supply of calories and a couple days worth of fat. Geez.

Add it up:

* Double Double 670 Calories
* Fries 400
* Chocolate shake 690 (!)

That’s 1760 calories for one meal. I won’t get a Double Double, because I can never finish one, but even dropping down to a cheeseburger only loses 190 calories.

I hate being aware of what I eat – it’s no fun.

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Last Edit: 16 Oct 2004 @ 09:53 PM

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 15 Oct 2004 @ 2:22 PM 

Had a conversation with one of my cow-orkers today which was quite surreal. It’s like I’ve had a similar conversation before…

One of the geeks at work is the only person who really understands how some of the tools work. This is because he’s the one who wrote the tools, and he uses the strangest user interface non-standard widgets seen since Kai’s Power Tools. So my cow-orker says the problem we’re having is that Mike just is so smart he thinks differently than we do.

This is insulting and wrong. It’s insulting because it supposes that Mike is smarter than I am; I’ve seen no evidence of this. It’s wrong because smart people need to remember to make their projects accessible to the people who will be using them. If you’re a designer and you break every convention that people expect to see, you’re an idiot or an artist. If you’re an artist, get off the Intelligence Training System. If you’re an idiot, stop being dumb.

And why do people continue to lump me into the group that does not include the “crazy smart people” anyway? Is it because I’m capable of a normal conversation? Is it because I try not to pepper my speech with too many obscure references? Is it because I’m not a prick, as so many of these people who are perceived as “crazy smart” are?

Maybe I should start insulting people gratuitously and then they’ll think I’m smarter than they are. Still won’t make any more money, but they’ll stop asking for my help anyway. 🙂

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Last Edit: 14 Apr 2005 @ 03:42 PM

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 14 Oct 2004 @ 6:52 AM 

Name a CD you own that you think no-one else on your friends list does.
Ofra Haza – Kirya

Name a book you own that you think no-one else on your friends list does.
Mel Gilden – Surfing Samurai Robots

Name a movie you own on DVD/VHS/whatever that you think no-one else on your friends list does.
Grey

Name a place that you have visited that you think no-one else on your friends list has.
I really doubt that I can, but how about…
La Bufadora, Baja California Norte, Mexico

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Last Edit: 15 Oct 2004 @ 01:03 PM

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 09 Oct 2004 @ 1:21 PM 

Libertarian and Green presidential candidate arrested

bq. On October 8th at 9PM, two third party candidates were arrested for attempting to enter the Washington University complex holding the second presidential debate. The candidates, Michael Badnarik of the Libertarian Party and David Cobb of the Green Party, chose civil disobedience to fight the bipartisan Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD). Over half of Americans believe third party candidates should be included, yet politicians continue to funnel public funds into the bi-partisan Commission.

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Last Edit: 09 Oct 2004 @ 01:21 PM

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I Rule

 
 08 Oct 2004 @ 1:02 PM 

I am now 5 lessons shy of 400 total created at work since September of 2003. I’m past the 400 mark if I look at the previous contract numbers, but that requires opening two databases instead of one, so I’ll stick to just this contract.

If you count up the lessons produced by the next-highest producer (137) and then keep going down the line until you beat my total in aggregate, you’ll have rounded up five of my cow-orkers and still be 20 lessons short.

On the plus side, I finally got some recognition from this company yesterday, with an employee of the quarter award and a hundred bucks in Mall Money. I do need some new socks…

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Last Edit: 08 Oct 2004 @ 01:02 PM

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 08 Oct 2004 @ 12:58 PM 

Google has introduced yet another search tool – Google Print. This is like Amazon’s “Search Inside the Book” feature, which lets you do full-text queries of any book in the database.

Neither of these two services cover public domain works, over 10,000 of which are already scanned in and converted to readable ASCII text. I guess if you can’t make money at it, Amazon doesn’t see a benefit; but Google probably isn’t making much money off of this to begin with, so I don’t understand why they haven’t hooked into Project Gutenberg in some official way. Yes, I know that Google can be used to search PG archives, but linking it to the print.google.com URL would be cooler.

Shoot, with the availability of print-on-demand machines, Google or Amazon actually could make money off of public-domain books. Wouldn’t that be an interesting profit-generating idea?

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Last Edit: 08 Oct 2004 @ 01:06 PM

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 06 Oct 2004 @ 7:26 PM 

According to the CIA, there were no WMD stockpiles in Iraq at the time of our latest war. *None*

bq. “[Saddam] wanted to end sanctions while preserving the capability to reconstitute his weapons of mass destruction when sanctions were lifted,” a summary of the report says.

I’m sure the neocons will take that one line and decide that they were right. We’ve gone from saying he had weapons, to saying he had weapons programs, to saying he had weapons-related programs. What’s the harm in changing that to “the intention to someday once again have weapons-related programs maybe”? What’s a little truth and accuracy between ideologues anyway?

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Last Edit: 06 Oct 2004 @ 07:26 PM

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